JoAnn — that’s really wise of you to recognize that your chronic anxiety was really just your gremlin being extra loud. And it’s normal for your gremlin to freak out, especially in new situations like applying for or starting a new job. Anything that makes it feel uncomfortable or threatened will make it louder because it’s trying so hard to protect you.
What I think might be really helpful for you is to try the gremlin dialogue exercise in your workbook. Since the point of learning about GAILs isn’t to eliminate all of them and destroy your gremlin (you can’t do that, and you honestly wouldn’t want to), the best thing you can learn to do is respond to your gremlin differently, and more productively. The gremlin dialogue will help you do that!
Thanks so much for sharing how this week’s section about beliefs resonates for you!